Today I was able to attend a dear friend of mine's Bridal Shower. She is more like one of my kids actually, we knew her back in High School when she was over at our house a lot, she was friend's with our son. She is a real sweetheart, and it was a treat to be able to celebrate with her. I was able to also see her grandmother, sister and nieces again at the shower.
Her mother passed away this past year from battling Cancer. She was a two time survivor like myself. As I drove home from the Bridal Shower, I couldn't help wishing that I could pick up the phone and call her Mom (Diane) ...on the other side.
Diane was a wonderful friend, wife, mother and example to me and many others. To say good-bye to her was hard, and I know that her family is still missing her terribly.
I really wanted to tell Diane how sweet her little granddaughter is...she was born just a few days after she passed away. They actually named her after her grandmother. I wanted to tell her how big her oldest granddaughter is, and what a great Big Sister she has become, she is almost 4 now. I would have let her know that her Mom is still struggling with her loss. She says it is still hard to go a day without crying. I am not sure any one knows how to handle the loss of a child, in her case this was her second child that has passed away.
I would have told Diane what a great family that her daughter is marrying into, and how they will always be there for her. I would tell her that still many of her friends are there to rally and support her daughters, and husband. I would tell her how brave and amazing they are. I would also tell her that a hole is still left in our hearts from her passing. I would thank her again for her incredible example to all of us.
Yes, there was a lot of love in the air today for her daughter and I think that my dear friend could feel it, I know I could.
"The past is behind us, love is in front and all around us." ~Terri Guillemets
"When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses." ~ Joyce Brothers
"Her children arise up, and call her blessed." ~ Proverbs 31:28